We all dream of speedier security clearance timelines. The process is a key piece of that equation, but the technology behind everything can be a game changer. The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) continues to progressively make changes to improve the accuracy and timeliness of the system. And when it came to the digital transformation piece, DCSA selected the C3 AI Application Platform.

C3 AI Application Platform

The C3 AI Application Platform will enable next-generation AI applications to accelerate DCSA’s initial awards and ongoing maintenance of security clearances, helping to maintain a stable inventory of background investigations critical to U.S. national security.

“We are proud to work with DCSA to accelerate security clearance processing,” said Thomas M. Siebel, C3 AI CEO. “We are advancing the agency’s mission to accelerate clearance adjudication while maintaining the trustworthiness and integrity of the U.S. federal workforce.”

DCSA Plays an Important Role in NAtional Security

DSCA is responsible for background investigations, continuous vetting, and clearance adjudications across the federal and contractor workforce. DCSA conducts background investigations for 95% of the federal government, including 105 departments and agencies, and handles 70% of the federal government’s adjudicative determinations. It clears 12,500 industry facilities and conducts two million background investigations each year.

When consolidating its legacy Department of Defense IT systems, DCSA saw significant opportunities to accelerate its digital transformation efforts, beginning with transforming its data archives into a tightly governed AI-ready database. This proved challenging, given some of this data existed in analog and non-machine-readable formats dating back decades.

AI and Machine Learning Improve the Security Clearance Process

With the C3 AI Application Platform, DCSA will enable implementation of an AI-powered clearance adjudication application that can integrate information from clearance applications and other data sources, including non-machine-readable formats. The C3 AI Application Platform will also enable use of AI and machine learning (ML) pipelines to support analyst workflows, expediting the adjudication of clearances. DCSA plans to leverage these capabilities to support its continuous evaluation of clearances.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.